It was a total collapse for Team India as well as for Australia on the fourth day of the second test in the Border-Gavaskar trophy series in Bengaluru. Meanwhile, almost at the end of the day India won the test with 75 runs and this is a miraculous win for a team that has lost all hopes while on fourth day with their batters collapsed and with no more than 180-runs on the board to even defend a strong side.
Bundling out for 274, thanks to the defensive innings of KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Puajara and Ajinkya Rahane (the trio has scored fifties), Indian hopes looked grimmer with David Warner and Renshaw looked solid and was moving cautiously. It was Sharma who removed Renshaw for 5 runs and Ashwin chipped in to remove Warned for 17. It was clear from then that Indians have slight hope if they bowled decently sticking to the condition a win is possible.
This was done smartly by the Indian bowlers with patiently bowling to make room for batsmen to commit mistakes. However, the presence of Smith at the crease has given a little uneasiness to the Indian side and that was evident when Marsh was given for an lbw and the Australian batters in confusion over whether to go for a DRS or not. With time running out and their intent to get a quick info from the dressing room was thwarted with the hasty intervention. Later, Marsh walked back to pavilion without reviewing the decision and it later proved that the ball has missed the stumps in the replays. Bad Luck!
With Smith’s fall to an lbw in the same passion, the ball stayed low and Smith missed it, there was nothing much opposition from Australian side. The others have failed prey to the deceiving spin of Ashwin.
In fact, not so much of a visible presence in this win for India is Jadeja whose spells in the first and second innings have made the stage set for a great Indian win.
It is a great feeling to beat Australia. The way we were so far behind, it is a great satisfaction. We just wanted a partnership. The balls were staying low. The way Nathan Lyon bowled in the first innings, we needed a Plan B, and we had it. Anything over 200 was almost impossible here. Once we crossed 150, we were confident. When I went in to bat, I never thought about the runs. I just had a positive intent. Now probably we will have the psychological advantage the way we have played.Cheteshwar Pujara after the win